Poland’s pres­i­dent pays his re­spects

Mayor and coun­cil leader join visit to gar­den

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

POLAND’S pres­i­dent vis­ited Ruis­lip last week to pay his re­spects at a newly-opened re­mem­brance gar­den.

Pres­i­dent An­drzej Duda and the first Lady, Agata Korn­hauser, were wel­comed by Hilling­don Coun­cil leader, Ray Pud­di­foot and the Mayor of Hilling­don, Ge­orge Cooper.

He vis­ited on Septem­ber 14 to see the newly-opened Pol­ish War Me­mo­rial Re­mem­brance Gar­den and lay a wreath to com­mem­o­rate the ser­vice of the Pol­ish Air Force dur­ing the Bat­tle of Bri­tain.

Mr Pud­di­foot said: “It was both an hon­our and a plea­sure to show the pres­i­dent the Re­mem­brance Gar­den, de­scribed by the Pol­ish Am­bas­sador as an ‘un­prece­dented ges­ture on the part of the Bri­tish to­wards the Pol­ish com­mu­nity’.

“Septem­ber 15 is now widely recog­nised as the Bat­tle of Bri­tain but what is not gen­er­ally known, is that on that day in 1940, one in five of the pilots in the air de­fend­ing the South of Eng­land was Pol­ish.”

The re­mem­brance gar­den was of­fi­cially opened 10 days ahead of the 75th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain.

It saw rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Hilling­don Coun­cil, the Em­bassy of the Re­pub­lic of Poland in Lon­don, the Pol­ish Air Force Me­mo­rial Com­mit­tee and RAF Northolt stand to­gether proudly.

Spitfires, Hur­ri­canes and Blenheim planes car­ried out a fly­past on Tues­day last week across Lon­don and the south of Eng­land, end­ing their flight at RAF Northolt.

n RE­MEM­BRANCE: Am­bas­sador Wi­told Sobków, pres­i­dent’s wife Agata Korn­hauser-Duda, pres­i­dent An­drzej Duda, leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil Ray Pud­di­foot, mayor Ge­orge Cooper and may­oress Ju­dith Cooper

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